Obituary from the Halifax Herald.
RANKIN, John Morris - 40, died in a motor vehicle accident in Whale Cove, Inverness Co., on Sunday, January 16, 2000. A gifted member of a gifted family and a highly respected artist, family man and friend, John Morris' tragic death is mourned throughout the Maritimes and indeed nationally and internationally. Born in Mabou, he was a son of the late Alex J. "Buddy" and Kathleen (Wright) Rankin, he was a graduate of Mabou Consolidated School and St. Francis Xavier University. From a very early age his exceptional talent was apparent to all who knew him. For the past ten years he performed both at home and abroad with his brother and three sisters as the acclaimed quintet known as The Rankin Family. While he never sought accolades, his contribution to the Canadian Music scene was given due recognition by both Maritime and National Associations. Recipients of 18 ECMA awards, he and his siblings were awarded four Juno awards in 1993 and a fifth in 1996. In that same year ('96) he shared still more honors where Acadia University conferred honorary doctorates on all five of them. His legacy to the music world, to his friends, and especially to his family will long be cherished and commemorated with affection and justifiable pride. He is survived by his wife, Sally (MacDonell); son, Michael; daughter, Molly; also seven sisters and four brothers, Genevieve (Jake) Fakoory, Geraldine (Seamus) Coyne, both of California; Raylene (Colin) Anderson, Carol Jean "Cookie" (George Massenburg), Heather (James MacInnis) and Nancy, Halifax; Susan, United Arab Emirates; David (Lorraine), Long Point; Paul (Kathleen), Sudbury; Ronnie (Clare), Mabou; and Jimmy (Mia), Halifax. He is also survived by his grandmother, Margaret Wright; two grand aunts, Susie Wright and Loretta Pellerine; grand uncle, Fred Wright; many aunts, uncles and cousins. Visitation at his parents home, Mabou, today from 7-9 p.m., Wednesday 2-4, 7-9 p.m. Funeral 2 p.m. Thursday, January 20, in St. Mary's Church, Mabou, Rev. Angus Morris officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Inverness Funeral Home. We remember with love transcending all boundaries...until we meet again.